OPENING THE DHARMA
A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE
ESSENCE OF THE LIMITLESS VEHICLES
OF THE BUDDHA
Written by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro
Translated by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Gyatso
During the nineteenth century the Great Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) wasfamo us in Tibet as a Non-Sectarian (Tib: Ri.med) Master. Along with Jamgon Kongtrul and Patrul Rinpoche he pioneered the spirit of tolerance and eclecticism which became known as the Remay Movement. This movement led to a complete revitalisation of the rich spiritual culture of Tibet.
When he died it was believed that he dissolved into the heart of the Indian saint Vimalamitra, who resides on Manjushri's Mount Wutai in China. Then, as he had predicted, he manifested five incarnations (Body, Speech, Mind, Quality, and Activity).
Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1896-1959) from Dzongsar, an authority on all Traditions and holder of all the major lineages, was the activity incarnation and became known as one of the most outstanding Tibetan Masters of this century.
In his book, "Opening the Dharma", Chokyi Lodro gives explanations of the fou rmajor sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyud and Nyingma), outlining their lineages and histories, their individual special characteristics and the main
practices common to all four Traditions. Included is a brief explanation of how to find happiness by cultivating virtues of body, speech and mind, how to accumulate the Merit and Wisdom required for Enlightenment.
Recently Lama Sherab Gyaltsen insisted I translate this text into English, as these days many people all over the world are interested to know about the Buddha's Dharma. I hope this book will benefit all sentient beings, especially in this present
age of degeneration, when there are many disputes and disagreements among the followers of the different Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
I would like to thank Ms. Diane Bowen for editing and helping with the translation, Ms. Yong Siew Chin for typing and other assistance, and Mrs. Leong of Ipoh for her donation.
May all sentient beings find bliss and perfect happiness.
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
HOMAGE TO MANJUSHRI
To my Guru and Protector Manjushri, I pay homage.
To the net of viewing self-identities 1 has been slashed
By the brilliant light of your Wisdom Sword,
Which penetrates the three realms.
To the great collection of all the Victorious Ones'
Most excellent Wisdom,To Protector Manjushri I prostrate.